How to Hang Flowers to Dry

Overview

Drying flowers from weddings, proms and other sentimental occasions preserves special memories of the event. Dried flowers can be used in potpourri, arrangements and shadow boxes to bring the garden indoors year-round. Small flowers such as statice, Queen Anne's lace, baby's breath, yarrow, hydrangea, globe amaranth, strawflower, as well as grasses, sedges and cattails are especially suited to drying by this method. Choose a mixture of flowers that are just opening and fully opened flowers. Avoid flowers that are past their prime or have signs of insect infestation.

Step 1

Pick flowers in mid-afternoon, when the plants are dry. Cut flowers with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Remove the leaves.

Step 2

Wire stems, if desired for reinforcement, before hanging to dry. Cut the stem off about 1/2 inch below the flower. Form a hook on one end of an 8 to 10 inch piece of stiff floral wire.

Step 3

Push the straight end of the wire through the top center of the flower, pushing it down through the stem. Set the hook end into the top of the flower and wrap the stem and wire with floral tape.

Step 4

Arrange the flowers in small bundles to avoid overcrowding. Tie the stems together at the bases with twine, wire or rubber bands. Tie them tight enough to secure them without breaking the stems.

Step 5

Hang the bundles upside down in a warm dry room. Suspend them from a clothes hanger or nail, allowing plenty of room for air circulation around the flowers. Allow one to three weeks for flowers to completely dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife or pruning shears
  • Twine, wire or rubber band
  • Florist wire (optional)
  • Florist tape (optional)

References

  • Iowa State University: Preserving Fresh Flowers
  • University of Vermont Extension: Preserve Your Summer Flowers
  • Maryland Cooperative Extension: Preserving Flowers and Leaves
  • NDSU Agricultural Extension: Methods of Preserving Flowers
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Diane Watkins has been writing since 1984, with experience in newspaper, newsletter and web content. She writes two electronic newsletters and content around the web. Watkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Clemson University. She has taken graduate courses in biochemistry and education.